Saturday, December 27, 2008

Vic's stats!

I forgot to post about Victoria's 1 yr check up - all went well - she is 20lbs 4oz and 29 1/4 inches tall. Dr. said she is growing spendidly! Woohoo! She's so tiny compared to what Trevor was at this age, but that is ok - she's just petite! :-)

Let's recap:

Birth: 8lbs 13oz and 19.75in
2 Mths: 11lbs 4oz and 23in
3 Mths: 11lbs 10oz and 24in
6 Mths: 14lbs 6oz and 26in
9 Mths: 17lbs 6oz and 27in
12 Mths: 20lbs 4oz and 29.25

Christmas 2008

I've been a bit lax in my blogging but in all fairness, Christmastime is a crazy time, isn't it?

Christmas eve we went to my parents house for some food and fun! This is the first time my folks have had any little kids around at Christmas for quite some time. You know it was only 3 short months ago that we didn't even think dad would be around for Christmas, so this was a really special time for all of us. I think dad thoroughly enjoys seeing both children. And Vic totally loves her grampy! My sister Gail and her daughter, Bonnie were there as well. As usual, there was much laughter and silliness to be had. The kids got to open some of their presents as well.

Gail had bought Trevor some Spiderman undies - and didn't take the price tag off of them - well he unwrapped it and holds it up and says, "$3.00"...and we all about died laughing because it was indeed, $2.99! LOL! (BTW, did you know that some people feel that giving kids clothing as gifts, like Christmas gifts is wrong because clothes are a necessity. Who'da thunk it? Who would have guessed that giving children something like clothing was an issue? I have no intentions of stopping that lil tradition - it works for us!)

We came home Christmas eve and both kids went right to bed - we actually forgot to leave out cookies for Santa - thank goodness, Trevor is still young and doesn't quite understand the whole Santa thing, so he was none the wiser about my mistake.

Christmas morning the kids were up around 6am and Trevor immediately wanted to go open gifts, so that is just what we did! It was fun to say the least! Trevor was actually shaking with excitement! Victoria opened up one gift herself and then quickly lost interest in ripping wrapping paper up, so I ended up opening the rest of her gifts for her. LOL! I would definitely say both the kids had a lot of fun and have really enjoyed all their gifts.

Christmas afternoon Karls dad came over and joined us for dinner - we had a wonderful roast, roasted potatoes, brussel sprouts with bacon, and green beans with cream/butter. And of course, the chocolate pie that Trevor specifically asked me to make! It was a wonderful meal and we all enjoyed it immensely!

But like the saying goes - "all good things must come to an end" and so today, the Christmas tree and all the decorations came down and were put away! Our house is just too small to have that out any longer - I was desperate to have my space back and give the kids room to play again!

And now that Christmas is over, we can begin to think ahead to Trevor's 5th birthday, which is just over a month away. I swear we just brought him home - he can't possibly be 5 soon!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Sick yet again...

I swear I must have the immune system of an ant - itty bitty tiny - cause I get sick at the drop of a hat. Someone in the next town over coughs and I can catch it! I was fine all day, come home from moms house and suddenly my head hurts, my nose is running, and I can't stop sneezing - I am a mess! Oh and thanks to the brutually cold weather, my lips are so chapped they are burning, and my hands are so dry, they are cracking and bleeding.

I just want to feel good again......

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Oh what was I thinking?

I admit, I haven't been in much of a holiday mood these days - I hadn't done any of my normal holiday baking....but then I remembered last night, that I needed to make cookies, so Trevor would have something to leave out for Santa...crap! So today we make cookies and I am now up to my eyeballs is baking cookies, dirty bowls and measuring spoons, flour and everything else! Why oh why, did I wait till the last moment? UGH!

So, I've got gingersnaps, sugar cookies, chocolate crinkles...oh and chocolate fudge made....and Trevor has asked for a chocolate pie and Karl would appreciate a lemon meringue pie!

Monday, December 22, 2008

You think you know someone....

I thought I was a pretty good judge of character, but I've come to realize tonight, that I am not. People who I thought were decent, educated, good people, aren't really who they appear to be. If you don't fit into their mold, in their perfect little world, look out! Oh sure, they are nice to your face, but when your back is turned, you discover the truth. Are there no decent people really left in this world?

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The dreaded question...

My family has this hang up about breastfeeding - I've heard all sorts of comments, ranging from gross to being compared to an "old cow"....yep, the term "old cow" was used!! Nothing screams endearing like the term "old cow". I don't get the hang up that some people have with breastfeeding. It's not like I just whip my breast out all willy-nilly or that I am trying to make anyone else nurse from me! LOL!!

So, apparently, they assume that because Victoria is now a year old, I have stopped breastfeeding....but alas, I am not. So the other day, I got the question - "you're not still breastfeeding her are you?"...well by god, I am!

I just don't understand why it's anyones business in the end - she's happy and healthy and that is all that matters! So, I say, power to the boobie! LOL!

Who are these people?

I see these commercials...specifically car commercials where someone is getting a new car for Christmas. Who are these people who get a brand spankin' new car for Christmas? Are they really out there? I sure don't know anyone who got a new car for Christmas! LOL!

I sat here trying to imagine how I'd feel if on Christmas morning, there was a brand new car in my driveway...it would just seem so absurd to me...I'd like to think that when and if I was to get a brand new car, it would be my choice, or at least I'd have some input into what it was and what features/options it had! LOL!!

Oh the things that I ponder...

Monday, December 15, 2008

Mommy Confessions #3

Another installment of Mommy Confessions ...

We co-sleep! With Trevor he slept with us for basically the first four months of his life, and then wanted nothing to do with us! LOL!! But the fabulous Miss V, has been co-sleeping at least part of the night pretty much all along. She starts out in her crib and then when she wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse, yes, I am still nursing her, I bring her to bed with us.

I admit, I love it - I love having her little snuggly, warm body cuddled up to me. You know, some day she won't want to cuddle up with me (us) just as Trevor stopped. So I figure I will enjoy it while it lasts!

Fingers and brain don't want to cooperate!

I was looking back over my old blog entries, and noticed simple grammatical errors - you know, things like stop instead of step - and I've come to the conclusion, since I do know how to spell, that my brain and fingers just aren't coordinated and cooperating...I get to typing and have so much on my mind at times, and yet, I inadvertedly type the wrong words. I'd hate for anyone to think I am an imbecile!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Photoshop will be the death of me....

....of course it's in line with the kids to see who will give me the nervous breakdown and send me to my demise first! LOL!

I am having more issues lately with Photoshop than I care to shake a stick at! I am seriously getting frustrated! There is just no need for this much stress when trying to work on ones hobby - kinda defeats the purpose! Hobby = relaxing....not Hobby = stressed out crazy woman on the verge of a breakdown! LOL!!

So it's being all stupid right now - yes, I know - that is just such a grown up sentence - oh well - sue me ....but all I know is, if I loose the layout I was in the midst of working on, I am going to be severely angry - words will escape my mouth that are not fit to print!

Technology sucks sometimes!

Kids and clothing!

Trevor decided to get himself dressed today - so he put on a sweatshirt and jeans ...then decided he didn't want the sweatshirt, so he put on a thermal type shirt and over that a nice sweater vest...lol he's so proud of himself right now....its amusing to me! Suppose I could take a picture and scrap it! LOL!! Is that mean? LOL!!

Napping or the lack thereof!

Why is my sweet little princess refusing her naps? She napped all of 20 minutes this morning and now here we are at almost 4pm in the afternoon and she's yet to take an afternoon nap. What gives? It doesn't help that I feel absolutely sick to my stomach suddenly - I'd love a little rest - but alas, the fabulous Miss V just doesn't want to let mama get any rest!

Sigh............

Two steps forward.....millions of stops back....

If you recall my breastfeeding saga and my attemping to slowly wean - I figured it was time to update!

So how are we doing now with weaning? We aren't! LOL!

Yep, you read that right! No one was getting any sleep with her up numerous times crying to nurse, and what not, that Karl and I finally just said this is nuts, let's just give her the boob and get some sleep! So, she is back to nursing much like she was before - 2-3 times during the day, and 2-3 times at night - sometimes less. And we are all much happier! She loves it! So, we are now venturing into the land of what is called, "extended nursing". At this point, baring no crazy circumstances, I am just going to let her self wean.

So here is to happy nursing!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Jokes!

HA! Got to love 4 yr old jokes!

T: How did the bird cross the garden?
Me: How?
T: By airplane! (followed by hysterical laughing on his part!)

Yep - he thinks he's hysterically funny - which is the best part! LOL!!

T: Knock Knock
Me: Who's there?
T: Orange
Me: Orange who?
T: Orange me!

Again....followed by him on the floor hysterically laughing!

Oh how I love kids!

Monday, December 8, 2008

No faith in me!

I had a couple friends ask me to make Christmas cards for me - more specifically to design them - have them printed, etc.

So I figured I'd put the word out to my sisters, that I am doing so and if they'd like to order let me know and we'd work up a design, etc.

Not one took me up on the offer.

So last week my own cards came in - personally I think that they are beautiful! My mother takes a look at hers and said, that I need to be doing this professionally! I had to laugh - and I said, if my own sisters don't want to order from me and have no faith in my abliites, how am I supposed to go after strangers! HA! Mom said it's cause my family is cheap - could it be? Buy some boxed generic cards or spend a little extra to have a completely customized one of a kind card? To me it's a no brainer!

Oh well - their loss, right?

Mommy Confessions #2

Todays Mommy Confession brought to you courtesy of ....moi! LOL!

Here goes....I lie to my children! Yep, you read that right! I lie to them! I "lied" and have told them about Santa - my children believe (well more specifically Trevor) believe in Santa Claus.

I've never understood the whole not telling kids cause they'll always think your lying to them...huh?! I believed in Santa growing up and I never assumed that everything else I was told was a lie. So either I am some amazing genius or kids today are messed up!LOL!!

I refuse to deprive my children of one of the fun things about Christmas simply because some people view it as lying to ones children. And frankly if some kid ever spoiled it for mine by telling them that Santa wasn't real, I'd have a face to face - heart to heart talk with the parents of that child. No kid is going to ruin it for my children. I love Christmas and I love the innocence of children at Christmastime. There is enough depresseing stuff in this world without taking away something special and fun like Santa.

So there you have it - I lie to my kids and I have them believing in Santa and they will need therapy for years to come all from my "lie"! LOL!!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Faith in humanity restored!

So many people discredit the internet and the friendships that can be made online. I've often heard it within my own extended family - the response I get is along the lines, that these people couldn't possibly be my friends because we do not see each other face to face.

Granted, we might not be seeing each other face to face, but we talk regularly, we laugh, we cry, we share our joys, we support each other.

I have come to have many special people in my life thanks to the internet - people who were placed in my life for a reason - and my life will never be the same.

For anyone who thinks these friendships aren't real, I beg to differ. No one will ever be able to tell me that the friends I have online are somehow less because we don't live in the same town.

Imagine my surprise when a package arrived on Tuesday - I had no idea who it was from - it was a Laugh and Learn puppy for Victoria's birthday - and then I had an email from an anonymous friend - someone who knew of our struggles lately - and wanted to do something special for Victoria and I - to let me know that people do care - and this person has chosen to remain anonymous - they aren't looking for recognition or glory - but merely to brighten my day. I thank you for your generosity! Thank you for reminding me that there are still wonderful people out there in this crazy world! When the news is full of heartbreak, and you shake your head wondering what has become of the world today, it's nice to see that decent people still do exsist!

Victoria loves her new puppy! :-)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Struggling to cope...

I just got the report in the mail from the Developmental Clinic we went to two weeks ago for Trevor's evaluation. Even though I already had the answer in person when we left that day, reading the report is like having my breath taken away, but not in the good way. I feel like I've been punched in the chest - knocked to the ground - wind out of my sails.

There is something about seeing it in black and white - having this paper(s) in front of you to read over and over - the words - "Trevor does meet full criteria for a diagnosis of Asperger's Disorder". I am sitting here crying - never in a million years would I have imagined that this perfect baby I brought home from the hospital would have anything wrong down the road. My heart is aching - my mind is in a whirl.

To see all this written out - to see what is said about your child - your sweet child - and to realize that your child is indeed, not perfect, its like being sucker-punched!

I had all these ideas in my mind about how he'd be growing up - the things he'd do - participate in, etc, and to know that those things may never come to fruition is devastating in a way.

I wish I could just close my eyes and make everything better!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Mommy Confessions - #1

Here it is - something I am going to do every Monday - until ...well I guess until I have exhausted my list of "bad" mommy things!!!

So without further ado, here is numero uno ....

I do not read to my children before bed!

Gasp! Oh the horrors!

I know...I know...they are destined to be in therapy for many years due to my slacker parenting!

Here's the deal - I absolutely love to read - sometimes I'll be reading 3 or 4 different books at once, and I so want my children to take after me when it comes to reading! (No offense to Karl, but he's not into reading like I am....love ya honey, but it's the truth! LOL!)

However, I love our nighttime routine and I don't want to have book reading become a part of it - I don't want it to become a chore, if you will.

Trevor is starting to learn to read himself now - he's recognizing words and such, and so quite often he's "reading" to himself. If he's still awake when Karl gets home, quite often Karl will read to him if Trevor asks. Victoria is only 1 and frankly, at this age, she's much more into eating the books than reading or listening to me read them.

I had a family member recently get all wierd and "shocked" when I said I don't read at night to the kids.

Hey, by all means, I'll read during the day to them, but nightime or rather, bedtime, is working just fine without screwing things up. It's 6:55pm and both of my children are sound asleep - to me that is precious!!!

So there you have it - my "bad mommy" confession....so sue me!